The next morning, we woke up early and repacked all of our belongings. We had to get prepared for the long day we had ahead of us that would involve a lunch time reception, a wedding ceremony and an evening reception. We all met in the lobby of our hotel with everything we owned and made our way down the street to a local brewery called “Wishbeer” which is a local beer company in Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Our friends were actually partnered with them and provide the food for the company.
It’s a great little location that is kind of hidden. You can find signs for the company along the main road but you have to walk down a side road and there is a small sign that shows where the front door of the business. When you walk in, there is a little hallway that opens up to a warehouse time location that is very modern and it was beautifully decorated for the reception. We started off our morning with some freshly brewed coffee, beverages and short photo shoots with pictures of the couple. Then they played the engagement video which was adorable. Immediately following the engagement video, the lovely couple walked out of one of the hallways and it was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip at that moment.
I had met the groom two years ago in France for the first time and now I was seeing him celebrate his wedding to my friend in Bangkok. And seeing my friend whom I’ve known for years standing in her wedding dress with the biggest smile on her face was by far one of the best things I could have ever seen. She saw our friend group from school and walked over to say hello. It was at that moment that I knew that I was truly a very lucky person. Seeing my friend for the first time in two years and feeling like no time had passed was by far one of the most wonderful experiences. There’s a lot to be said about the fact that I was surrounded by people from all over the world and we were all there to celebrate the same thing. The union of two people that we loved immensely.
After all the hello’s we sat down at our tables and enjoyed our lunch. It was a perfect opportunity to catch up with everyone because you can really only catch up so much at the bars. Plus, we had added a few people to our group who had arrived the night before. When we finished our lunches, it was time for everyone to find all of their belongings and begin our two hour journey to Sattahip. We loaded into the various vans that were booked for our drive and after a bit of confusion, we finally were on our way to Satthip.
This was a relatively uneventful drive out there. If you’ve ever driving out to Pattaya or Sattahip from Bangkok, you know that it’s not the most entertaining or enthralling of drives out there so if you have a chance to take a nap, I would highly recommend it. Once we arrived in Sattahip, we started driving down the coastline toward what we thought was the hotel only to realize that we were driving in the wrong direction and were going to be late getting to the hotel. Our driver decided that he was going to make up for the time by flying down the main roads to get us back to our hotel. It was terrifying because driving in a taller van makes you feel like you’re driving a lot faster than you would feel in a sedan. After a relatively eventful 10 minute drive back toward the correct hotel, we arrived, unloaded our belongings and checked into our rooms.